New Delhi: As severe coronavirus scare has gripped India with the number of positive cases crossing 30, there is an acute shortage of N 95 mask — believed to be helpful to stay away from the coronavirus infection. Prices have also skyrocketed in the face of increased demand — both in medical stores and online stores. But there is no need to panic-buy masks, the health ministry has advised. Healthy people don’t need to wear masks, it said in a newly released advisory. “Wear a mask only if you feel unwell or have cough, fever or face difficulty in breathing,” it said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Two People Test Positive For COVID-19 in Preliminary Report in Punjab, Final Results Likely by Evening

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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday sought strict action against those charging inflated prices for face masks. His comments come in the wake of shortage of masks and sanitizers in the market and chemists charging higher than the normal price as the coronavirus scare rises. “Strict action should be taken against those black-marketing the masks,” he had tweeted.



So far, India has 33 confirmed cases of infection while nearly 29,000 people have been put under surveillance.